An overview of the 10th bilateral meeting between Vietnam Coast Guard and Japan Coast Guard

This is one of the last events of a series of cooperative activities this year to mark the 50th anniversary of Vietnam - Japan diplomatic relations, the 75th anniversary of the foundation day of the Japan Coast Guard and 25 years of the foundation day of the Vietnam Coast Guard. It is held within the framework of a working trip to Japan by Vietnam Coast Guard delegation from December 19-22.

At the meeting, the two sides reviewed their cooperative activities, including sending ships to visit each other and coordinating in non-combat exercises at sea, exchanging high-level delegations, completing procedures for a project on improving maritime law enforcement capacity for the Vietnam Coast Guard funded by Japan and the 10th bilateral meeting between the two forces.

Major General Kien emphasized that all cooperation activities between the two forces in 2023 have been carried out seriously and effectively, thus helping the Vietnam Coast Guard and Japan Coast Guard improve law enforcement capacity at sea.

He underlined that in the joint statement on upgrading the Vietnam - Japan relations to a "comprehensive strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia and the world," the two sides agreed to bolster cooperation in maritime security and safety through the enhancement of cooperation activities, including joint trainings, information sharing, and capacity building between the coast guards from both sides.

This is clear evidence that the leaders of Vietnam and Japan acknowledged the sound cooperative relationship between the two coast guard forces and want to develop this cooperative relationship in the future to join hands to build safe, peaceful, cooperative and friendship maritime areas, he said.

The two sides agreed on cooperative activities in 2024, including organizing the 11th bilateral meeting between the two forces in Vietnam.

During its stay in Japan, the Vietnam Coast Guard delegation paid a courtesy visit on the Commander of the Japan Coast Guard, met the former Deputy Commander of the Japanese Coast Guard and visited a number of units and ships of Yokohama Coast Guard Station.

Source: VNA